News for Sep. 14, 1999
From The Press
High Hopes for Giant Chair in Sockburn
Manaia Rehu and Danny Morris are hoping their giant chair might be used in the film Lord of the Rings.
Standing nearly 3m tall, the chair has been carved out of the stump of a large English garden oak from the grounds of Selwyn School. The oak had to be felled for safety reasons.
The men run Naturally Narlly Furniture, specialising in big furniture, but nothing on the scale of this piece. They also have a concrete-cutting business, and were working at the school when the opportunity to get the wood came up. Chainsaws were put to work on the massive stump, and the result now sits outside their workshop in Sockburn.
"We carved it up because we didn't know what to do with it,"
Mr Rehu said.
"Someone said why not approach Peter Jackson (director of the Lord of the Rings). We sent him photos, and it's on file, so hopefully he can use it."
Mr Rehu said children found the chair amusing, often climbing up on it. Naturally Narlly also had plenty of smaller chairs around the place, the sort that might be suitable for elves, he said.